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Julie Beischel is the director of research at The Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, which examines mediumship. After her mother passed away, she became interested in the possibility of the survival of consciousness after death and started to study mediumship scientifically. She talks about the quintuple-blind protocol that they use as they provide a name to a medium, capture anomalously retrieved information, and then rate how accurate the reading was.

They have gathered statistically significant evidence that their mediums are able to retrieve accurate information about the deceased, but they aren't able to discern between one of three possibilities as to how it's done. The mediums are either able to actually interact with the survival of consciousness after death, the mediums are perhaps exhibiting some type of Super Psi mechanism of clairvoyance, pre-cognition, telepathy, or perhaps they're tapping into a type of Akashic record of that person's human incarnation.

She talks a bit about how the mediums are able to phenomenologically distinguish between doing a mediumship reading versus doing a psychic reading. They describe being able to interact with a entity that is more independent and volitional than psychic information. A good medium averages about 50% accuracy under the most exacting scientific controls, which involves no direct contact with the person related to the disincarnate spirit. When the medium is able to ask yes or no questions via telephone, then their accuracy goes up to about 90-95%.

Beischel also talks about Windbridge's mediumship certification program and some of their future research topics of interest.

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